Clarifying Hydro comments
I would like to clarify a couple of my comments reported in the article Hydro hikes cost of northern dams (March 11).
It was reported that I said new demand-side management (Power Smart) targets being proposed by Manitoba Hydro meant that the in-service date for Keeyask would be pushed back to 2028 to meet domestic electricity requirements.
While in broad strokes this is true, this would only be the case if:
- New recently negotiated export sales are not followed through;
- No new transmission was built to the U.S.;
- Demand-side management is expanded to around three times its current level;
- Manitobans fully adopt these new DSM measures;
- Other load forecast adjustments are accounted for.
These factors were not mentioned in the article.
I had also said the in-service date for Keeyask could be pushed back to between 2026 and 2028.
Manitoba Hydro is not advocating delaying the development of Keeyask or the new U.S. interconnection. It's not a question of either construction or conservation -- we see both as part of the future of Manitoba's electricity supply.
Our most recent analysis shows that developing Keeyask for a 2019 in-service date and the proposed new U.S. interconnection are justified and indeed the best solution for Manitoba going forward. We will continue to monitor and evaluate our DSM efforts and how they could affect other elements of our development plan in the future.
Division manager, portfolio projects management
City's complaints ironic
Re: Developer dinged for $170,000, March 12.
How ironic that this developer is fined this much by the city for making small changes to a proposed development site.
All of this being brought against him by a city that built a complete firehall on land that it didn't own. Go figure.
NDP spending a power grab
Re: Tired government can't break spending habit, March 12.
While I don't understand the ins and outs of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), I expect the government of the day to understand them.
You don't have to be an accountant to understand that the NDP doesn't care about the opinions of its citizens -- they only care about staying in power by whatever means it takes.
They're destroying our province by spending it into bankruptcy.
Winnipeg, the capital city of our province, is a shambles: we have frozen water lines, huge potholes, and many water main breaks.
Meanwhile, Premier Greg Selinger has decided to spend billions of dollars on hydropower to service American customers. We will be paying the bill for years to come.
Maybe our government should be looking after the Manitoba taxpayer first.
Media scrutiny needed
I applaud Portage la Prairie Mayor Earl Porter for railing against the nomination of Pierre-Karl Péladeau as a Parti Québécois candidate in Quebec (Portage mayor takes aim at 'separatist', March 12).
Péladeau is a separatist and the majority share-holder in media outlets across Canada, including Portage's Daily Graphic.
On a similar note, it's alarming that MTS, our major provincial television provider, won't let me make up my own mind as to what I see or read by refusing to carry the Sun News Network.
Rail against PKP if you must, but where is the anger at MTS?
Portage la Prairie
In the article Censorship by CMHR alleged (March 11), the museum's media manager refutes the allegation and states: "it's a question of what we think we are wanting for our blog posts."
Isn't that the very essence of censorship?
Curious about collision stats
Creating loans for those who wish to purchase winter tires isn't a bad idea to help those who can't dish out the total amount at one given time (MPI to roll out loans for winter tires, March 6).
But I'm curious: with thousands of accidents reported in Manitoba this past winter, has MPIC analyzed these accidents to determine how many of these vehicles had snow tires?
Kudos to carriers
Kudos go to all the Free Press carriers who did triple duty on Saturday, March 8. As a country subscriber, the Free Press wasn't delivered in my area on Thursday due to the stormy weather, and on Friday because of production glitches.
As an avid daily Free Press reader, I hate missing a day and do value the dedication of the carriers who had to heft the three thickest, heaviest papers of the week to deliver them on Saturday to all the needy subscribers.
You are all truly appreciated -- thank you.
Hockey's next chapter
Re: Old-home week, March 12.
People critical of Winnipeg Jets executive Craig Heisinger because he hasn't forgotten the team's heritage as the Manitoba Moose would do well to remember this: Turning the page doesn't change the book.